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The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

Approved | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 20 April 1957 (USA)
Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.

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Bud Gurney
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Benjamin Frank Mahoney, President Ryan Airlines Co.
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Father Hussman
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Donald Hall, Chief Engineer Ryan Airlines
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O.W. Schultz, Salesman Atlas Suspender Co.
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Biography of Charles Lindburgh from his days of precarious mail runs in aviation's infancy to his design of a small transatlantic plane and the vicissitudes of its takeoff and epochal flight from New York to Paris in 1927. Written by Paul Emmons <pemmons@wcupa.edu>

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The Story Behind the Story of Lindbergh's Incredible Flight to Paris! See more »


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20 April 1957 (USA)  »

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Lindbergh - Mein Flug über den Ozean  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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James Stewart was unusually difficult to work with throughout filming. Some wondered if he had realized how miscast he was in the movie. See more »

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Sitting in the cockpit before taking off on his flight to Paris Stewart takes a peek through his periscope. The view in the tiny mirror shows the telephone lines, which are several hundred yards down at the end of the runway, as if they are strung barely beyond the nose of his plane. See more »

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Reporter: [checking his copy] Here at the Garden City Hotel, less than a mile from Roosevelt Field... less than three-quarters of a mile from Roosevelt Field... everyone is waiting, as they have been now for seven days and nights, waiting for the rain to stop...
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Referenced in Siskel & Ebert: Men in Black/Wild America/Out to Sea (1997) See more »

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Rio Rita
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Music by Harry Tierney
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Played on a phonograph when Lindbergh is trying to rest before the flight
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The Good and Bad Of This "Spirit"
30 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is as close to a one-man show as you're ever going to see on film as Jimmy Stewart dominates the picture while all others just have bit roles.

I found it interesting because I find Charles Lindberg's feat amazing and worth watching. I also enjoyed the widescreen picture. I'm surprised it's not available on DVD. The most amazing part of Lindberg's feat, from what I discovered watching the movie, was that he went 30 hours without sleep before he even took off! To stay awake for the entire trip to Paris after that was incredible.

To keep the viewers' interest, the film flashes back a number of times to Lindberg's earlier days and most of that is pretty interesting. Yes, there are some lulls in here and the movie could have been shortened from its 138 minutes but Stewart does a nice job of entertaining us, as he usually did.

I do have one question, one complaint and one suggestion. My question is, "Why is there no mention of his wife, Anne Morrow?" Odd, they totally left her out of this. She was famous in her own right.

My complaint is the emphasis - it's brought up twice in case you missed it the first time - on Lindberg not believing in prayer, only the things he could see. Pagan Hollywood just has to get their agenda in, and much of it began in the 1950s when moral restrictions began to slowly ease. This is just one more example.

They also left out what happened right after the flight, thus making the film more of a story about the voyage than of Lindberg's aviation career. Too bad, because, as many of you might know, his son's kidnapping is one of the biggest stories of that era. My suggestion then is that a full biography, with the emphasis on this flight across the Atlantic, might have been a better way to go. I think you would see that with a re-make, along with a faster- moving film.


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